BartCop Entertainment Archives - Monday, 26 September, 2016


26 September, 2016

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[1824 days in a row]


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from Bruce

Henry Rollins: Backroom Bigotry Is Now Out in the Open (LA Weekly)
This new century isn't as new as it used to be, and dragging the bigotry of previous times with us doesn't always serve us well. Standing your ground as technological innovation and science continue to go from strength to strength, as natural resources continue to become more scarce, all on a planet that is rapidly changing due to human existence, is just stupid. It's time to get going. It always is.

Loretta Stalans and Mary Finn: How pimps keep eluding internet stings (The Guardian)
Despite ever-evolving government pursuers, pimps remain nimble in the online marketplace - and often ahead of the law.

Jill Abramson: "The Trump Foundation: what's known is shocking. We need to know more" (The Guardian)
Revelations that Donald Trump's so-called charity helped him settle legal disputes are extraordinary, and would sink Clinton. This is vital reporting.

Liz Richardson Voyles: The EpiPen boss tried to defend price hikes to Congress. No one bought it (The Guardian)
Mylan CEO Heather Bresch said she believes the medicine's cost has struck the balance of profit and access. But my kid depends on EpiPens, and she's wrong.

Jessica Valenti: Hillary Clinton's problem? We just don't trust women (The Guardian)
It's incredible that voters consider Donald Trump more honest than his opponent. But it's sadly in line with society's double standards.

Geoffrey O'Brien: "Cat People: Darkness Betrayed" (Criterion)
Cat People is a legendary movie-a sleeper hit of 1942 and an instant cult item praised on release by James Agee and Manny Farber-that manages, over multiple viewings, to break free from its own legend.

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Trivia Question of the Day

In his lifetime, how many Grammy nominations did Muhammad Ali receive?


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Trivia Question from Yesterday

Eivets Rednow is an easy listening instrumental album released on the Gordy Records label in 1968. Who is Eivets Rednow?

       Stevie Wonder                                                      Source

" target="_blank">Eivets Rednow is an easy listening instrumental album by Stevie Wonder released on the Gordy Records label in 1968. The album was created as a follow-up to the successful easy listening instrumental single "Alfie". "A House Is Not a Home", another song by Burt Bacharach and Hal David, also appears on the album. Eivets Rednow is Stevie Wonder spelled backwards; Wonder's name doesn't appear on the cover of the original releases. This was Wonder's ninth studio album, released on November 20, 1968.

Wonder plays harmonica, drums, piano and clavinet on this album, though like his debut album, he doesn't sing on any of the tracks. On some reissues, "How do you spell Stevie Wonder backwards" is printed on the top corner of the album sleeve in small print.        Source

Mark. was first and correct with:
   Who is Eivets Rednow? I don't remember ever hearing the album or even hearing of the album, but Eivets Rednow is Stevie Wonder written backwards.

Alan J wrote:
   Stevie Wonder.

Jim from CA, retired to ID, said:
   Eivets Rednow is Stevie Wonder spelled backwards.

Deborah responded:
   An odd name, to be sure, but reading it backwards and you have Stevie Wonder.
  I may have to seek out that album, as I don't believe I've heard it before. And Stevie Wonder's music is amazing.

Adam answered:
   Ooh, a secret code- Stevie Wonder.

zorch replied:
   Stevie Wonder

Noscut ni Evad said:
   Eivets Rednow is a backwards Stevie Wonder.

Billy in Cypress responded
   Stevie Wonder with the letters in reverse order .

MAM     wrote:
   Stevie Wonder

Randall replied:
   Boy... THAT code was hard to break...

  Stevie Wonder

Joe S    
   So what does Eivets Rednow spell backwards? Or better yet what does Stevie Wonder spell backwards? Huh? Huh? That's right, that's right. Didn't have any trouble figuring that one out. Not me, the cryptologist.

Marian took the day off.

DJ Useo took the day off.

mj took the day off.

Dale of Spectacular Diamond Springs, Norcali took the day off.

Lois Of Oregon took the day off.

BttbBob   has returned to semi-retired status.

  September 26 Birthdays - Celebrities Born September 26 | Famous Birthdays

Sally has retired.




Middle Class Political Economist

Now a Blogger-Columnist at US News and World Reports "Economic Intelligence"



Reader Suggestion

Michelle in AZ

At a hotel on a business school campus in Glendale, it's now BYOB: Bring your own Bible

High Hitler: how Nazi drug abuse steered the course of history | Books | The Guardian

Baby lobsters in hot water as ocean temperatures rise | Environment | The Guardian

'Draw and you'll go to jail': the fight to save comics from the censor | Books | The Guardian

The grey parrot and the race against Africa's wildlife extinction | Environment | The Guardian

Why Stephen King's It still terrifies 30 years on | Books | The Guardian

Chuck Todd's Idiocy, or why my blood is Boiling this Morning.

One Night at the Fillmore

Trump Flies With Gold-Plated Bathroom Fixtures, And You're Paying Millions For It | Huffington Post

Hollywood's new China syndrome: The country's enormous audience means money for movie studios and some restriction

White supremacy and Trump fever: The toxic combo that's killing people - white people -

California eyes unusual power source: its gridlocked roads -

Trump Supporters Appear To Be Misinformed, Not Uninformed | FiveThirtyEight

Corey Lewandowski set to collect nearly $500,000 from Trump campaign - The Washington Post

Thanks, Michelle!



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Linda >^..^<
     We are all only temporarily able bodied.

Thanks, Linda!



Reader Suggestions

2 Links

For once, I don't feel massive repulsion toward some Jendashians

So, this is what I saw this morning, and as a wannabe dancer and avid fan of dance, this made my day

How A Viral Video Set Sergei Polunin On A Path To Revolutionizing Ballet | Huffington Post


Thanks, Deborah!



Monday Idiotoral: Can't we all just get along?

Lois of Oregon

As Thomas Paine once so astutely observed, these are the times that try men's souls. Our nation is at a tipping point; politically, socially, environmentally. For too long greed has ruled the world, and the world can not much longer endure the abuse it takes from humanity. If something isn't done soon to unite us in a common effort to save the future for our children, there will not be one. Some even feel it is already too late.

Having said that, I would like to point out how horrific this election season has been. Probably the worst for our nation since Robert Kennedy found himself dying on a kitchen floor, and certainly the first where I have ever felt personally insulted.

In truth, I had decided to divorce myself from the whole ugly charade of politics. Voting for Obama didn't pan out as hoped. Bush & Cheney faced no judgement for their actions. Gitmo STILL remains open for business. Drones are busy killing god knows how many civilians. MORE oil and gas is being extracted than ever before. Russia is buying up our uranium! Our Good President signed the Monsanto "Dark Act" into law and approved the Trans Pacific Partnership, which now waits to be launched on an unsuspecting public. So, yeah. I gave up. Wasn't even going to bother voting ever again.

Then Bernie Sanders came along, and using nothing but the truth, made me care again.

I won't go into whether or not the primary was rigged (it was) because people will believe what they choose to believe, based either on facts, or personal bias. And yes, I feel my opinion of Mrs. Clinton was formed not JUST by propaganda from the vast right-wing conspiracy owned media outlets, but from listening to the actual words that came out of her mouth all these many years, which were frequently contradictions, by which I mean lies. Of course, there are MANY videos on YouTube with which I agree that sum it all up nicely.

And yes, I have MANY reasons for being terrified by the prospect of what damage will be done by another Clinton Presidency: Massive Pay to Play that gives government positions to unqualified plutocrats interested only in amassing more wealth and power, Trade agreements that provide money havens for the rich, total control of resources to Corporations, and unemployment or virtual slavery for the working class, unprecedented rape of the natural world, escalated destabilization of the Middle East leading inevitably to war with Russia and/or China and more good news for the War Profiteers. Sorry, but I have nothing but contempt for Hillary Clinton, and I realize you don't care to understand why, you just want to belittle me.

Which brings me to my point: I take exception to incivility, especially from strangers who think they have some kind of RIGHT to bully me when it comes my voting choices.

During this election cycle, I have been called "ridiculous" and "deplorable", scolded by an indignant President who want's his "legacy" worshiped, been shouted at by a shrill, angry, entitled millionaire who just can't understand why everybody doesn't love her, and even "DAMMED TO HELL" by a woman who considered the deaths of a half a million children "worth it", if I don't vote for Hillary Clinton. Well, if you don't trust your candidate to win me over with her accomplishments and ability, or even her personality, I suppose you must resort to other methods. However, that does NOT give you the right to call me an asshole. Abuse is NOT an effective means of persuasion, and while I may very well BE an asshole, to quote the poet, "get back motherfucker, you don't know me like that!" ( for your listening pleasure )

Seriously though, we are all citizens of the United States, and we are in this mess together, and now matter which sociopath ends up in the White House, we will all suffer the consequences together. Well, those of us who aren't millionaires, anyway. So Trump-Bash to you hearts content, but TRY to have a little respect for your fellow citizens, no matter how hellishly deplorable you may consider us to be.

Lois of Oregon

Er, thanks, Lois!
You're entitled to your opinion, and I respect your beliefs, but I don't need nasty-grams.
Politics is a funny business, but since I'm not so good at business, or that funny, I'm backing the candidate I believe BartCop would be behind.
This page is BartCop Entertainment.
(And, FWIW, I'll be voting with my vagina.)



from Marc Perkel

Patriot Act

Patriot Act NSA Spying Unconstitutional Section 215 National Security Letters Must End

My name is Marc Perkel and I have decided to announce that I will not comply with the so called "Patriot Act" laws requiring me to disclose information about my customers. If I receive a national security letter I will immediately photograph it, post it online everywhere I can, and then make a video of me burning it. I will then await my arrest. If you want to put me in jail then come get me mother fucker.

Come Get Me Mother Fucker | Putting and end to NSA government Spying





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In The Chaos Household

Last Night

Hot, dry and windy. The Santa Ana season is full upon us.

Tonight, Monday:

CBS opens the night on the East Coast with a FRESH 'Big Bang Theory', followed by a FRESH 'Kevin Can Wait', then the LIVE 'Presidential Debate'.
CBS opens the night on the left coast early with the LIVE 'Presidential Debate', followed by a FRESH 'Big Bang Theory', then a FRESH 'Kevin Can Wait', then pads with local crap, and maybe a RERUN 'Scorpion'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Stephen Colbert are Rob Lowe and Kal Penn.
Scheduled on a FRESH James Corden, OBE, are Lea Michele, Norm Macdonald, and Nothing But Thieves.

NBC begins the night on the East Coast with a FRESH 'The Voice', followed by the LIVE 'Presidential Debate'.
NBC begins the night early on the left coast with the LIVE 'Presidential Debate', followed by a FRESH 'The Voice', then pads with local crap, and maybe an old 'Dateline'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Fallon are Samuel L. Jackson, Gina Rodriguez, and the Lemon Twigs.
Scheduled on a FRESH Seth Meyers are Will Forte, Mandy Moore, David Ortiz, and Danny Carey.
Scheduled on a FRESH Carson 'The Scab' Daly are Sterling K. Brown, Radical Face, and Johnny Pemberton.

ABC starts the night on the East Coast with a FRESH 'Dancing With The Stars', followed by the LIVE 'Presidential Debate'.
ABC starts the night early on the left coast with the LIVE 'Presidential Debate', followed by a FRESH 'Dancing With The Stars', then pads with local crap.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Kimmel are Owen Wilson, Zach Galifianakis, Kristen Wiig, and the Lumineers.

The CW offers a RERUN 'Supergirl', followed by another RERUN 'Supergirl'.

Faux, on the East Coast, with a FRESH 'Gotham', followed by the LIVE 'Presidential Debate'.
Faux, on the left coast, has the LIVE 'Presidential Debate', followed by a FRESH 'Gotham', then pads with local crap.

MY has 'TMZ (Not So) Live', followed by a FRESH 'Harry'.

A&E has all old 'The First 48' all night.

AMC offers the movie 'Walking Tall', followed by the movie 'Ghostbusters', followed by the movie 'Ghostbusters II'.

BBC  -   
 [6:00AM]    PLANET EARTH: THE HUNT - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 4-Hunger At Sea - Oceans
 [7:00AM]    PLANET EARTH: THE HUNT - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 5-Nowhere To Hide - Plains
 [8:00AM]    PLANET EARTH: THE HUNT - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 6-Race Against Time - Coasts
 [9:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 4-The Doctor's Wife
 [10:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 5-The Rebel Flesh-Part 1.
 [12:00PM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 14-The Icarus Factor
 [2:00PM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 21-Peak Performance
 [5:00PM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 2-The Ensigns of Command
 [7:00PM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 4-Who Watches the Watchers
 [10:00PM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 21-Peak Performance
 [1:00AM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 2-The Ensigns of Command
 [3:00AM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 4-Who Watches the Watchers

Bravo has 'Real Housewives Of OC', followed by a FRESH 'OC Social', then a FRESH 'Real Housewives Of OC', another 'Real Housewives Of OC', followed by a FRESH 'Watch What Happens Live'.

Comedy Central has 'Futurama', another 'Futurama', and 3 hours of old 'South Park'.
Scheduled on a FRESH The Daily Show is Alicia Menendez.
Scheduled on a FRESH @Midnight are Margaret Cho, Jaleel White, and Emo Philips.

FX has the movie '22 Jump Street', followed by the movie 'Mr. & Mrs. Smith'.

History has all old 'American Pickers' all night.

IFC  -   
 [6:00AM]    THE THREE STOOGES-Pardon My Scotch
 [6:30AM]    THE THREE STOOGES-Gents Without Cents
 [9:45AM]    RED DRAGON
 [6:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-No Quarter
 [6:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Trampled Under Foot
 [7:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-You Shook Me
 [7:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Nobody's Fault but Mine
 [8:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Immigrant Song
 [8:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Celebration Day
 [9:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-The Kids Are Alright
 [9:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Join Together
 [10:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Magic Bus
 [10:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-The Acid Queen
 [11:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-No Quarter
 [11:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Trampled Under Foot
 [12:00AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-You Shook Me
 [12:30AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Nobody's Fault but Mine
 [1:00AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Immigrant Song
 [1:30AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Celebration Day
 [2:00AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-The Kids Are Alright
 [2:30AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Join Together
 [3:00AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Magic Bus
 [3:30AM]    CARRIE
 [5:45AM]    COMEDY BANG! BANG!-Judd Apatow Wears a Polo and Blue Suede Shoes    (ALL TIMES EDT)

Sundance  -   
 [6:00AM]    Kickboxer 2: The Road Back
 [8:00AM]    End of Watch
 [10:30AM]    Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World
 [1:30PM]    The Warriors
 [3:30PM]    Conan the Destroyer
 [6:00PM]    Mad Max
 [8:00PM]    Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior
 [10:00PM]    Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior
 [12:00AM]    Days of Thunder
 [2:30AM]    Commando
 [4:30AM]    The Writers' Room-The Good Wife
 [5:00AM]    Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World    (ALL TIMES EDT)

SyFy has the movie 'Maleficient', followed by the movie 'Salt', then the movie 'Sorority Row'.

Check out a RERUN Full Frontal with Samantha Bee
Scheduled on a FRESH Conan are Patton Oswalt, Joe Walsh, and Tall Heights.

 [6:00 AM]      The Story Of Seabiscuit (1949)
 [7:45 AM]      Down The Stretch (1936)
 [9:00 AM]      Thoroughbreds Don't Cry (1937)
 [10:30 AM]      Wine, Women And Horses (1937)
 [11:45 AM]      Hot Tip (1935)
 [1:00 PM]      You Can't Buy Luck (1937)
 [2:15 PM]      She Went to the Races (1945)
 [3:45 PM]      Three Men On A Horse (1936)
 [5:15 PM]      Pride of the Bluegrass (1939)
 [6:30 PM]      Sporting Blood (1940)
 [8:00 PM]      Torch Song (1953)
 [9:45 PM]      Torch Song Trilogy (1988)
 [12:00 AM]      Tonight and Every Night (1945)
 [2:00 AM]      The Sea Hawk (1940)
 [4:15 AM]      The Sea Wolf (1941)     (ALL TIMES EDT)

Tuesday   -  09/27/16

 [6:00 AM]      Hollywood Hobbies (1939)
 [6:30 AM]      The King's Vacation (1933)
 [7:45 AM]      Gold Diggers of 1937 (1936)
 [9:30 AM]      Varsity Show (1937)
 [11:00 AM]      Station West (1948)
 [12:30 PM]      Battle Circus (1953)
 [2:15 PM]      The Stratton Story (1949)
 [4:15 PM]      The Sailor Takes a Wife (1945)
 [6:00 PM]      Music For Millions (1944)
 [8:00 PM]      Bananas (1971)
 [9:30 PM]      Young Frankenstein (1974)
 [11:30 PM]      Foul Play (1978)
 [1:30 AM]      The Three Musketeers (1973)
 [3:30 AM]      The Gumball Rally (1976)
 [5:30 AM]      The Frisco Kid (1979)     (ALL TIMES EDT)

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Women dressed in traditional attire pose after taking part in rehearsals for Garba, a folk dance, ahead of Navratri, a festival when devotees worship the Hindu goddess Durga, in Ahmedabad, India, Sept. 25, 2016.
Photo by Amit Dave


The Sideshow - by Avedon Carol


A Mysterious Ice Cave That Produces Ice Only During Summer | Amusing Planet


Selling 49% of Rolling Stone

Jann Wenner

There comes a time when even Jann Wenner needs a little help from his friends.

After a five-decade run full of interviews with pop stars and presidents, the founder of Rolling Stone is selling 49 percent of the iconic magazine to an Asian billionaire's son. It's the first time Wenner has admitted an outside investor, a deal that encapsulates the plight of an industry fighting to stay relevant in an online age. Wenner Media LLC also owns Us Weekly and Men's Journal.

Founded in 1967, Rolling Stone became a fixture of American pop culture, helping launch the careers of writers and creative artists over almost 50 years. But like many of its peers, the magazine has steadily lost advertising and readership to nimbler online alternatives. In 2014, Wenner tasked his son Gus with devising a digital strategy. Now Wenner, who started Rolling Stone from a San Francisco warehouse, plans to relinquish as much of his magazine as possible without ceding control.

The new investor is Singapore-based BandLab Technologies, a budding digital music concern founded by the 28-year-old scion of one of Asia's richest families. Kuok Meng Ru, the third son of Singapore-based agribusiness tycoon Kuok Khoon Hong, graduated from Cambridge University with a mathematics degree and launched BandLab last year as a social network for musicians and fans. The startup is funded by private investors, including Kuok's father and JamHub Corp., a maker of audio mixers.

Jann Wenner


The Five-hundred-metre Aperture Spherical Radio Telescope (FAST)in operation in Pingtang, in southwestern China's Guizhou province on September 25, 2016


Roadside Curiosities: Things That Make You Go "What the Heck?" | Collectors Weekly


Requires IMDb to Remove Actor Ages


California Gov. Jerry Brown on Saturday signed legislation that requires certain entertainment sites, such as IMDb, to remove - or not post in the first place - an actor's age or birthday upon request.

The law, which becomes effective January 1, applies to database sites that allow paid subscribers to post resumes, headshots or other information for prospective employers. Only a paying subscriber can make a removal or non-publication request. Although the legislation may be most critical for actors, it applies to all entertainment job categories.

"Even though it is against both federal and state law, age discrimination persists in the entertainment industry," Majority Leader Ian Calderon, D-Whittier, said in a statement. "AB 1687 provides the necessary tools to remove age information from online profiles on employment referral websites to help prevent this type of discrimination."

The union and others lobbied for the legislation, an effort begun under the aegis of then-SAG-AFTRA president Ken Howard, who died in March. His successor, Gabrielle Carteris, testified in front of a State Senate committee, and in August, wrote of her support for the law in a guest column for The Hollywood Reporter.



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'Curse' Hits Theatre

Phantom of the Opera

The curse of the "The Phantom of the Opera" appears to have struck again with a fire at a Paris theatre on Sunday which is threatening to derail the musical's debut in France next month.

The global sensation composed by Britain's Andrew Lloyd Webber was due to open at the Mogador theatre in Paris on October 13.

But a blaze that started under the stage of the Mogador on Sunday morning has thrown the plan into doubt, the theatre's management said in a statement. A fireman was injured bringing the fire under control.

A superstition has grown up over the years among theatre-makers and audiences that performances of "Phantom" are somehow cursed -- in much the same way that actors shy away from uttering the name of Shakespeare's "Macbeth".

"The Phantom of the Opera", which had its world premiere at Her Majesty's Theatre in London in 1986, is the most lucrative theatre venture of all time, grossing a reported $5.6 billion worldwide.

Phantom of the Opera


Indian students of Swaminarayan Gurukul in traditional attire practice Garba, a traditional dance of Gujarat state ahead of Hindu festival Navratri in Ahmadabad, India, Sept. 25, 2016. Navratri or nine nights festival will begin from Oct. 1.
Photo by Ajit Solanki


Unnatural Wonders: Magical Surrealist Artwork Worthy of Dalí & Escher | Urbanist


Need World Spotlight To Survive


Reclusive, gentle and quick to roll up into a ball, pangolins keep a low profile.

But they are also the world's most heavily trafficked mammal, and experts at the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) conference this week are ringing alarm bells over their survival.

Demand for pangolin meat and body parts has fuelled a bloodbath, and driven the scale-covered, ant-eating mammal towards extinction.

More than a million pangolins are believed to have been poached from the wild in the past decade.

Most are used to supply demand in China and Vietnam, where they are highly regarded as a delicacy and an ingredient in traditional medicine.



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Killings Reminiscent Of Lynching

United Nations

Police killings of black people in the United States are reminiscent of lynchings and the government must do far more to protect them, a United Nations working group says in a report that will be debated at the U.N. Human Rights Council on Monday.

The hard-hitting criticism - drawing a comparison between modern police behavior and mob killings of blacks in the 19th and 20th centuries - comes at a time of renewed racial tension in the United States.

"Contemporary police killings and the trauma that they create are reminiscent of the past racial terror of lynching," said the report by the U.N. Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent.

Most lynching victims died by hanging. A 2015 report by a non-profit organization, the Equal Justice Initiative, said 3,959 black people were killed in "racial terror lynchings" in a dozen southern states between 1877 and 1950.

Police killings go unpunished because initial investigations are usually conducted by the police department where the alleged perpetrator works, because prosecutors have wide discretion over presenting charges, and because the use of force is not subject to international standards, the experts' group said.

United Nations


Australian knight Philip Leitch (R) has a floral basket on his helmet smashed by an opponent at the St Ives Medieval Fair in Sydney, one of the largest of its kind in Australia, Sept. 25, 2016.
Photo by Jason Reed


Atlas of Living Australia - sharing biodiversity knowledge


Justice Department Says No Thanks

Forensic Science

Common crime lab techniques made famous by shows like Law & Order have come under fire yet again-this time by President Obama's top scientific advisers. A damning report released this week by the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology calls into question the scientific basis of the forensic analysis of bite marks, mixed DNA samples, hair samples, and footwear, among other techniques. In spite of the esteemed origin of the report, Attorney General Loretta Lynch said the Justice Department wouldn't heed the findings.

"While we appreciate their contribution to the field of scientific inquiry, the department will not be adopting the recommendations related to the admissibility of forensic science evidence," Lynch said in a statement.

The brush-off from the nation's top cop might come as a surprise, but it's worth noting that prosecutors have relied on evidence garnered by these techniques to win cases for decades. The FBI was also quick to release a statement asserting that the report made many "unsupported assertions" about forensic science. If a growing list of widely accepted forensic analysis techniques is called into question-as it just was-what does that leave prosecutors?

"Juries are unschooled in forensic science and tend to believe the prosecutor's expert testimony," Nancy Petro, coauthor of
False Justice: Eight Myths That Convict the Innocent, told TakePart. "While the defense's cross-examination is meant to challenge this testimony, often the defense lacks the resources to do so effectively."

Petro credits the denial of PCAST's research to a "tough-on-crime" culture that "reinforces the notion that prosecutors are most successful when they get a conviction."

Forensic Science


An artisan hangs decorative pieces at a pandal, or a temporary platform, for the upcoming Hindu festival of Durga Puja, in Kolkata, India, Sept. 25, 2016.
Photo by Rupak De Chowdhuri


10 Ancient Places of Legend That May Never Have Existed -


GOP Mega Donor

Linda McMahon

Linda McMahon, the former wrestling executive who shook up Connecticut with two expensive and contentious, yet unsuccessful U.S. Senate races, has jumped into a larger political ring, becoming a sought-after Republican mega donor who's involved in campaigns across the country, including the battle for president.

During this year's campaign cycle, McMahon has attended the Republican National Convention and been a frequent guest at fundraisers for federal candidates, rubbing elbows with top GOP leaders like House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Creepy). She recently held a fundraiser at her Greenwich, Connecticut, home for Arizona Sen. John McCain (R-Doddering), who had stumped for the former CEO of WWE during her 2010 and 2012 Senate campaigns.

McMahon also hosted an event for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R-Corrupt), her admitted top choice in the Republican primary. Records show she contributed $550,000 to America Leads, a super PAC that supported Christie's candidacy.

The Center for Responsive Politics ranks McMahon and her husband Vince - the current CEO of WWE, formerly known as World Wrestling Entertainment - as 78th among the so-called "mega donors" contributing in this election cycle to outside spending groups, such as super PACs, spending $1.17 million so far. In 2014, the couple were ranked at 19th, contributing $2.74 million to outside groups. Those figures don't include contributions to individual candidates. She's also supporting GOP congressional and legislative candidates in Connecticut, hoping to help switch control of the state Senate from Democrats to Republicans.

McMahon has known the GOP presidential nominee, Donald Trump (R-Pinche Güerito), for 30 years. Trump famously shaved Vince McMahon's head in 2007 during a WWE match titled "Battle of the Billionaires." While not her first choice for president, she is strong supporter today, predicting he'll be a good president who will surround himself with competent people. She credits him with becoming "a vessel that has housed this anger and this dissatisfaction" in the country, which she said has intensified since she first ran for office.

Linda McMahon


A Palestinian farmer harvests dates from a palm tree in southern Gaza Sept. 25, 2016.
Photo by Ibraheem Abu Mustafa


North Korea Accidently Leaks How Tiny Its Internet Is | IFLScience


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The world's biggest conference on the international wildlife trade got underway Saturday in Johannesburg, but African countries lashed out at Western charities for "dictating" how they should protect their elephants.

Over the next 12 days thousands of conservationists and top government officials will thrash out international trade regulations aimed at protecting different species.

A booming illegal wildlife trade has put huge pressure on an existing treaty signed by more than 180 countries -- the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES).

The new data underlines "the crucial need for renewed efforts by governments meeting this week at CITES who need to redouble their efforts to bring the illegal ivory trade firmly under control," said Steven Broad, TRAFFIC's executive director.

But four countries -- Zimbabwe, Zambia, South Africa and Namibia -- castigated Western-based animal charities, saying they "dictated" on how African resources should be managed.



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"The Magnificent Seven"

Movie stars don't open movies anymore? Tell that to Denzel Washington and Tom Hanks.

The pair, once co-stars in "Philadelphia," have together dominated the last three weeks of the box office. After Clint Eastwood's Miracle on the Hudson docudrama "Sully," starring Hanks as Captain Chesley Sullenberger, topped ticket sales of the last two weeks, "The Magnificent Seven" rode Washington's star power to an estimated $35 million debut over the weekend, according to studio estimates Sunday.

Coming in at a distant second was Warner Bros.' "Storks," an animated release where the large-winged birds have given up the baby delivery business for online sales. The film, which cost about $70 million to make, opened with $21.8 million. Directed by Nicholas Stoller and Doug Sweetland, its voice cast is led by Andy Samberg.

The rest of the top 10 was populated by holdovers, with "Sully" slotting in at third with $13.8 million in its third week. It has now grossed $92.4 million domestically. A potentially bigger test of Hanks' drawing power awaits the actor next month with the release of "Inferno," in which he reprises his role as Robert Langdon in the Dan Brown franchise.

Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to comScore. Where available, the latest international numbers for Friday through Sunday are also included. Final domestic figures will be released Tuesday.

    1. "The Magnificent Seven," $35 million ($19.2 million international).
    2. "Storks," $21.8 million ($18.3 million international).
    3. "Sully," $13.8 million ($6.5 million international).
    4. "Bridget Jones's Baby," $4.5 million ($21.9 million international).
    5. "Snowden," $4.1 million ($1.7 million international).
    6. "Blair Witch," $4 million ($3.5 million international).
    7. "Don't Breathe," $3.8 million ($4.3 million international).
    8. "Suicide Squad," $3.1 million ($3 million international).
    9. "When the Bough Breaks," $2.5 million.
   10. "Kubo and the Two Strings," $1.1 million ($1.8 million international).

"The Magnificent Seven"


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